Local expertise for mega projects
President wants Lankan experts to join hands in
COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa is planning to dispense with
overseas sponsored feasibility studies for local development projects
and instead opt for local expertise at much reduced costs.
The President is emphatic that local human resources and expertise
should be utilised wherever possible for the country's development while
reports on feasibility studies on all such projects should be carried
out under local expertise.
The country has enormous human resources and this vast reservoir of
talent should be properly channelled into the country's development
activities, President Rajapaksa told the Daily News.
He also called on the country's expatriate community with expertise
in various fields to extend their service towards the country's
"The cost of carrying out feasibility studies and preparing reports
on development projects with foreign expertise is enormous. The country
has vast human resources on par with international standards. Therefore
when the feasibility studies are carried out on various types of
development projects, priority would be given to local expertise," he
This would in turn help in a big way to bring down costs and other
expenditure incurred in planning mega development projects. This would
also greatly reduce amounts obtained as loans and other monetary
assistance for the projects.
He said that in the past carrying out feasibility studies and planing
development projects with overseas expertise proved very costly. This
could be negated with the use of local brains. The President said the
Government would be able to save vast financial resources through this
While emphasising the importance of giving priority for local human
resources in development, President Rajapaksa also sounded out the
Lankan expatriate community for their assistance in the quest for
"They should come forward and ensure prosperity of their Motherland
in every sphere," he remarked.